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Fans of Gay M. Grant's Along the Kennebec: The Herman Bryant Collection will enjoy these more than 200 newly released images taken by gifted South Gardiner photographer Herman Bryant (1858-1937). Now part of the collections of the Maine State Museum, Bryant's work documents late-19th- and early-20th-century life in the Kennebec River region during its industrial heyday. New information about Bryant and his family reveals fascinating stories about the people and places captured in his photographs. From Augusta downriver to Bath and the coastal islands, Bryant's lens captured the mills, factories, icehouses, and other ventures that once lined the river's banks. Vessels of all types that once made the river the artery of the region's life and economy can be seen along with images of the railroads that revolutionized travel. Bryant's poignant portraits, photographs of homes, and even images of beloved pets bring to life the industrious Maine people who built thriving communities.